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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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STATED MEETING DINNER
Greetings Brethren and Ladies
It is an honor to be serving as Master again.
I would like to thank everyone who showed up to the installation for supporting me.
I would also like to thank the installing team: Wor. Ken Judd: Installing Officer, Wor. Jeff Yates: Master of Ceremonies, and Wor. Michael David: Installing Chaplain, and a special thank you to Wor. David Shampay who stepped in for Wor. Yates.
I also want to thank Jimmy Weldon for his presentation about the flag and what an important symbol it and what it represents.
I want to apologize to Bro. Benjamin Lupu for his name being left off the program.
I have an exciting year planned, with trips to one of the auto museums in the area, as well as a trip to the L.A. Auto Show (chaired by our Senior Warden); a trip to The Midnight Mission to serve and many others.
If you have any suggestions or comments come and see me at the Stated Meeting or Degree Night and talk to me.
Remember that Wednesdays are Lodge night.
Fraternally from the East
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
Welcome ladies and brethren to our first full bulletin of the New Year. I’d like to start by thanking all of our members that joined us for the installation of officers in January. Our great attendance always makes our new officers feel welcomed at Home. I would like to also congratulate all of our new officers on being installed in their positions. We have a fantastic team this year that’s motivated to provide the best experience possible, not only for our candidates, but for our current brothers as well. I must also thank Worshipful Stan Taub for his countless years of service to our Lodge; in all his positions he’s imparted us with invaluable wisdom and taught us so much.
I wouldn’t be the Mason I am now without the guidance & encouragement he provided. Lastly congratulations to Wor. Michael David on stepping in as the new Officer’s Coach, I know all the officers looks forward to building upon the foundations that have been laid.
As 2018’s Senior Warden I look forward to organizing our Sideliner’s degree, which is a Fellowcraft degree where the usual officers step aside and let aspiring ritualists take the stage and confer a degree. I urge all Fellowcrafts and Master Masons that are interested in our ceremonies to participate; a sideliners degree was my first exposure to being an officer and without it I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I also must remind our brethren that coaching is always available every day of the week, we always have brothers on Wednesdays ready to help, and every one of our Officers will jump to the opportunity to help.
As always I’ll remind all our brothers, young and experienced, that Wednesday is Lodge night. I want you all to think back to your degrees and remember how special and important they each were to you. We owe it to our new brothers to be there for them, to welcome them into our ancient and honorable fraternity and ensure that these are memories that they’ll cherish forever. Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than at Home.
Fraternally from the West,
I’d like to give a great thank you to everyone that showed up to the 2018 Home Lodge Installation. I’d like to congratulate all of the officers for qualifying and taking their positions. I’m looking forward to my first ever Public Schools night, and carrying on such an important masonic tradition.
I’d also like to thank Worshipful Stanley Taub, P.M. for his many many years of dedicated service to Home Lodge as an Officer, a Master of the Lodge, and as our Officers’ Coach. I’m grateful to him for all of his time and dedicate to the craft and our Lodge, and for being my first Officers’ Coach.
I’m excited and proud of our group. I have no doubt that with the leadership of Worshipful Aaron Cohen, P.M., the dedication of our Officers, the guidance and support of our Inspector Worshipful Jeff Yates, P.M., and support of our brethren that 2018 will be one amazing year.
Last, but not least, I’d like to, with great pleasure, congratulate Worshipful Michael David, P.M. for his appointment as Home Lodge’s new Officers’ Coach. I’m very excited to work with him and learn from him, making this year another great Home Lodge year.
Fraternally from the South,
Andre Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON COHEN, P.M.
ARTIN ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
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HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2018 are $99.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2017) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2018. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2018 term are: $99.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2017:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,037.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,843.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,649.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,358.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,067.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
Brother Barry Lampke
Brother Tommy Ray Smith
Brother Tony Tahmizian
Brother Arnulf Tuadles
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE NO. 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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